World History and GeographyGrades 9-12
This course covers world history and geography from early civilization to the present. Critical thinking,
study skills, problem solving, teamwork, and the integration of all forms of technology will be
encouraged. This course also includes historical interpretation, primary source review, and analysis
Honors World History and GeographyGrades 9-12Full year, 1 creditThis course covers world history and geography from early civilization to the present. Students arerequired to read literary works and other primary source materials that relate to the course. Strongwriting and research skills are necessary to be successful in this class. Critical thinking and problemsolving will be encouraged, along with individual and group multi-skill projects in this challengingcourse.
Honors World Studies
Grade: 9 onlyFull Year, 2 credits: Honors World History and (Honors) English 9
This class combines (Honors) World History and (Honors) English 9 to create World Studies where the curriculum from both disciplines will be used to reinforce the other discipline by making connections between history, cultures, and literature. World history and geography covers the time periods from early civilizations to the present. Critical thinking, study skills, problem solving, teamwork, and the integration of all forms of technology will be encouraged so that students see the interconnectedness of the essential questions from both history and English. This course also includes historical interpretation, primary source review, and analysis skills while emphasizing writing skills, literature, and vocabulary. Writing activities give students practice in organizing and developing narrative, cause and effect, and compare and contrast compositions, literary reviews and research papers. Mastery of the writing process is expected to demonstrate student’s ability to critically think about the world. In addition, students study short stories, novels, poetry, and a Shakespearean play. The class meets two periods every day. This course will be taught collaboratively by the English 9 and World History teacher for the benefit of the student learner to see the thematic correlations between history and literature.
AP World History and Geography
Full Year, 1 Credit
This course covers world history and geography from early civilization to the present. Students are required to read literary works and other primary source materials that relate to the course. Strong writing and research skills are necessary to be successful in this class. Critical thinking and problem solving will be encouraged, along with individual and group multiskill projects in this challenging course. This course prepares the students to take the AP World History exam.
New description will be added/updated 2021-2022 catalog :
Human Geography is a geographic, spatial and thematic approach to studying the world in which we live in. It is organized into cultural, economic, political, and urban geography. Historical information serves to enhance impacts of globalization, colonialism, and human-environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes and patterns of interaction. Through the use of maps and geospatial technologies, students will think critically, analyze, interpret and apply geographic concepts at various scales. The goal of the course is to promote geoliteracy, engagement in contemporary global issues, global citizenship and multicultural viewpoints. This course will prepare students to take the AP Human Geography exam.
AP Human Geography
Grades 10-12Prerequisite: Instructor approvalFull year, 1 elective creditHuman Geography will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that haveshaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students will employ spatialconcepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmentalconsequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.Students will study at least one of the following regions in depth: Africa, Americas, Europe, Asia, andAustralia. This course will prepare students to take the AP Human Geography test.American/Arizona HistoryGrades 11-12Full year, 1 creditThe course will cover American history from the American Revolution, the founding of the United Statesto the present. Emphasis in the second semester will be the 20th century era, and specifically from WorldWar I to the present. Students will study U.S. foreign policy, and the many political and socialmovements that shaped American culture. Problem solving, critical thinking, writing, research,geographic skills, cooperative learning activities, and the integration of technology are encouraged.
AP American/Arizona History
Grades 11-12Prerequisite: Instructor recommendationFull year, 1 creditThis is a college level course designed to provide analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to dealcritically with the problems and interpretations of American history. Emphasis will be on discussion ofkey events in our history as seen by different historians. Students completing this course will beprepared to take the AP exam.
EconomicsGrade 121 semester, 1/2 creditThe students will develop economic reasoning skills in order to apply basic economic concepts, assessproblems, and make choices. Students will also have an opportunity to evaluate the choices of others asconsumers, workers, and citizens participating in local, national, and global economics.Honors We The PeopleGrade 12Chandler, Hamilton and Perry onlyPrerequisite: Instructor approval1 semester, 1/2 elective creditThis course is for highly motivated students. A great deal of outside class time is required to prepare forcompetition in the "Congressional Hearing" competition. Students will be mentored by local lawyersand legislators. The course objectives include state standards and meet the requirements for governmentcredit. It will be offered first semester only.US/AZ Government and ConstitutionGrade 121 semester, 1/2 creditThis civics course consists of a study of the federal and state governments and their constitutions. Thepurpose is to instill a basic knowledge and appreciation of our representative form of government and itsdevelopment. It will enable the students to think in terms of the national levels of government, payingattention to related current events. Students will acquire knowledge of the responsibility as a citizen tothe community, state and nation. The ultimate goal is to help students realize the significance of ourAmerican heritage and democracy.AP US/AZ Government and ConstitutionGrade 12Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation1 semester, 1/2 creditThis course is for highly motivated students who plan to take the AP government exam or who needacademic challenge. The course is a study of the structures and philosophies of government, theAmerican political system, civil rights, and public opinion.
AP Comparative Government and Politics: dependent on enrollment
Prerequisite: AP Human GeographyFull year, 1 credit*May be offered for Dual CreditThis advanced placement course is designed to introduce the fundamental tools utilized by politicalscientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. Students willunderstand the major comparative politics and themes and generalizations, gain background knowledgeof international political systems and governments, and compare and contrast international governmentsand political systems as presented in the course.
1 semester, 1/2 credit
In this course, students will study the principles of economics that apply to the functions of both
consumers and producers within the overall economics systems. It includes the study of the role of
Basha, Hamilton and Perry only
1 semester, 1/2 elective creditThis course provides the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of psychology in thefollowing areas: methods, approaches, history of psychology, biological basis of behavior, sensation andperception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmentalpsychology, personality testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, the treatment ofpsychological disorders and social psychology.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Full year, 1 elective credit
This course will prepare students for the AP exam in psychology. It covers all the current objectives of
psychology and experimental psychology with the major focus on areas and objectives prescribed by the
Grades: 10-12 Semester Elective CreditThe class provides an overview of the study of the U.S. Constitution, the state government of Arizona, and political philosophies, nationally and worldwide. Also, this course focuses on the criminal justice system and all of its ramifications: criminality, crime prevention, victim rights, and the court systems, federal and state. Participation in the Chandler Justice Court’s “Teen Court” program is mandatory for students. Participation in the Arizona High School Mock Trial competition is optional.